"Napoleonder", a Russian folk tale about Napoleon's career, and "The Napoleon of the People", a chapter from Balzac's novel The Country Doctor describing French folk beliefs about Napoleon's special powers and destiny. Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Folk-Tales of Napoleon, translated by George Kennan (1902)
A short medieval treatise on the mystical experience of hearing angels' song, and how to distinguish true mystical experiences from false ones. Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: The Cell of Self-Knowledge, 1521
"Apologia" means "explanation". In this case, a Greek philosopher who converted to Christianity attempts to explain to Emperor Marcus Aurelius why Christianity is a good thing; or failing that, what Christians believe and do as opposed to what is rumored; and why it was bad for the Empire to persecute Christians just for holding Christian beliefs. The apologia is circa 147-161 A.D. If you're interested at all in history, politics, or religion, this is like a trip in a time... Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1
The Urantia Book presents an integrated world view composed from the concepts and ideas of more than 2,000 individuals who have contributed to the fields of science, philosophy, religion, history, sociology and theology during the last 2,000 years. Compiled by an editorial staff of superhuman beings, the text provides a comprehensive perspective of human origins, history and destiny. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Computer generated text to speech
A digest of Christian teaching from circa AD 60-100. Translated by Isaac Hall and John Napier. Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 7, edited by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson, American edition, 1886. Topic: Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 7, 1886.
This is an anonymous but apparently firsthand account of the martyrdom (eaten by animals in a Roman arena) of St. Ignatius of Antioch. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1. Ed. by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson. American edition, 1885. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1
This story from the Book of Daniel is also an early detective story. "Susanna and the Elders", another early detective story, is also included. Both stories appeared in the Septuagint as a prologue to the Book of Daniel, but now generally appear as an appendix. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, Mystery Source: The Book of Daniel
The conclusion of this audiobook version of this 1903 Catholic textbook on the Latin Rite Mass. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, Religion, spirituality Source: The Sacrifice of the Mass by M. Gavin, S.J.
Non-Fiction's got something to say. Only you may miss is, getting caught up in the stuttery bounce of their phrasing or the soulful groove of the bass undercurrent in "B.Y.B.D." Serving up hot rhymes with tongue-flippin' precision, the dynamic duo's colorful verses sport a playful intellectualism with a touch of Andre & Big Boi Southern-style sass. The MC's messages are plentiful, but their lyrics roll out in an abstract, alliteration-stuffed poetry style that makes an... Topic: NonFiction the Original
This is not so much a sermon on Advent or December, as the old fast of the "Ember Days" that used to be celebrated four times a year. (Zacharias 8:19: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and great solemnities.") The December ones always fell during Advent, of course, thus contributing to the penitential and preparatory... Topics: Spirituality, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 12, CCEL
Not just another sermon on the story of the repentant woman who washed Jesus' feet. Ephrem adds his own poetic touch, making his point by elaborating on the story and adding new characters. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
Tells the story of the arraignment, imprisonment and execution in the arena of a young Roman noblewoman and her friends from the church in Africa. Contains one of the few autobiographical accounts from the ancient world written by a woman -- and an African woman at that! -- which have come down to us. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion
This excerpt from St. Zeno of Verona's Tractatus talks about the unborn Jesus' time in Mary's womb. (Lib. ii., Tractatus viii. et ix., Patrologia Latina Tom. 11, pp. 413-417.) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: The Blessed Virgin in the Fathers of the First Six Centuries by Thomas Livius, 1893.
The bestselling religious classic from the Middle Ages continues. God is the only truly trustworthy being. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3:Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, CCEL
Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna writes to the Church in Philippi. At their request, the subject is righteousness and righteous living. Apparently, this letter was written either shortly before or after St. Ignatius of Antioch's martyrdom, as the Philippians are anxious to read Ignatius' letters and Polycarp is anxious to hear tidings of Ignatius. Way before the Council of Nicaea, though; so listen and find out what Christianity was like towards the end of its first century! Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion
The spiritual bestseller from the Middle Ages ends with more advice on how to receive Holy Communion (often, and with feeling), how to ask God for greater devotion, and how to fully appreciate the gift you are receiving. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3:Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4:Part 1 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism
This section of the medieval spiritual classic talks about the Interior Life. Topics include meditation, humility, human goodness and purity, singlemindedness of purpose, a good conscience, not worshipping just for the sake of getting nice fuzzy feelings, perseverence in the sake of suffering, and willingly carrying one's cross for love of Jesus. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 3: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
This medieval Christian "bestseller" continues with more thoughts on prayer, humility, and depending on God. Book 1: Part 1 | Part 2 | Book 2 | Book 3:Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Book 4: Part 1 | Part 2 Topics: Spirituality, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: The Imitation of Christ, CCEL
A treatise on the validity of using images as an aid to worship by St. John of Damascus (aka St. John Damascene), written while he lived under the second generation of Muslim rule in Syria. But it was also aimed at the Iconoclasts (image-breakers) who controlled the Christian Byzantine Empire at the time, and were not above killing artists. St. John not only points out that icons support the doctrine of the Incarnation -- since God made flesh becomes visible and drawable -- but also that the... Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: On holy images, followed by three sermons on the Assumption. Tr. by Mary H. Allies, 1898.
From the Acts of St. Brendan of Clonfert (best known for his voyages), a very long and thorough lorica (breastplate) prayer. It is similar to other better-known loricas like the Lorica of St. Patrick, but a lot longer! Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, poetry
This early Christian work, a "bestseller" in its time, concludes with more rural parables about the Church and about Church members who badly need to repent. Also provides an interesting look at the most common problems and failings of early Christians living in an anti-Christian world. Book 1 Book 2: Part 1 | Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Shepherd of Hermas, translated by J.B. Lightfoot
The second half of The Shepherd of Hermas consists of parables. One of the parables presents a somewhat bizarre version of the Son preexisting His Incarnation as Jesus, but nevertheless shows that early Christians were thinking about the Trinity. Book 1 Book 2: Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, mysticism Source: The Shepherd of Hermas, translated by J.B. Lightfoot
Bishop Asterius of Amasea (c. 375-405 AD) talks about Christ's ideas on marriage, the wonderfulness of wives, and why casual divorce is a Bad Idea. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ancient Sermons for Modern Times, tr. by Galusha Anderson and Edgar Johnson Goodspeed
He's talked about why the Gnostics are wrong about God. Now it's time for Irenaeus to talk about what the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Tradition of the Church have to say. Book I Book II Book IV Book V ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers
After a period of Imperial persecution, the Bishop of Carthage writes to his flock about those people who didn't stand up to it, but readily agreed to sacrifice to the Emperor and the gods. He urges these people to repent, confess their sins, and do penance. He also denounces those who provide the lapsed with invalid forms of reconciliation with the Church or tell them that their sins aren't serious, thus endangering the souls of the lapsed. Complete in 2 parts. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, history, religion